Sep 072017
The Voices in Your Head - why writing can make you brave

“The longing is the path.” Anna Davidovich   There’s nothing like a long walk to get to know the voices in your head. It’s hilarious really . . . until you realise those voices are shaping every moment of every day of your life. Some years ago, I walked across Italy and through the Balkans. [read more …]

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Mar 172016
THE NEW YORKER: Collision with an ancient kingdom

There is a quality of person who walks our Earth that can only be properly described as a New Yorker. He – for he is surely a he – is not the brash cab driver of times past, nor the wise crackin’ nanny from Queens (who is surely a she). This ‘he’, this man, stands for [read more …]

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Apr 082014
Desert Days

We never set out for Innamincka. But there we were, 2000 kms from home on the last day of the school holidays: dusty, dirty and delirious around a campfire as the sun set over Coopers Creek. Ours was a spontaneous adventure, a road trip from the Gold Coast to Darwin, a caravan led by women [read more …]

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Mar 302014
Great Ocean Walk - walking the wild

Where to stop Do you need a map? Logistics – where to stay and how to get to and from the track Is the GOW difficult? The PDF GOW: the forest’s own voice It’s not easy to find information about the Great Ocean Walk, the 106 km track that hugs Australia’s southern coastline known to [read more …]

Dec 032013

  People are often surprised, reeeeally surprised, when I tell them most people walking the mystical road across Spain – El Camino – are over 50. And even more surprised when I tell them most of those are women. The exception is during peak summer, when university students take their holidays. No surprises there is [read more …]

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Oct 032012

I did not know of Chefchaouen’s existence until a week ago, when I googled ’10 best things to do in Morocco’. For all my longing to visit Morocco, in truth I have known nothing at all about its reality, drawn instead to imaginings conjured by words: desert wind, Aladdin, magic carpets, Sheherezade, Bedouin, dates, mint, [read more …]

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Oct 012012

It was always going to end this way, missing my bus, being befriended by Muhammed Couscous and spending the night in the one city everyone who has ever said anything at all about Morocco has said: ‘land in Tangiers and get out of the city as quickly as you can’. The young Australian woman I [read more …]

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Sep 302012

I am a child; I am standing in the corner of the courtyard; it is dark; I am leaning into the shadow cast by one of two dozen stone columns; my eyes cast upwards; I am watching. I am watching the window above and across the courtyard . . . . . . for whom [read more …]

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